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FVSU Kicker Breaks His Own Record
FVSU Kicker Breaks His Own Record

Although the Saturday, Sept. 17 football game against Clark Atlanta University resulted in a surprising loss for the Fort Valley State University Wildcats, there was one winner despite the disappointing outcome.  Junior kicker Justin Rosenbaum set a new record for Wildcats football in the 16-11 loss.

Trailing 13-6 just before halftime, a Wildcats' drive stalled at Clark Atlanta’s 47-yard line.  Facing fourth down, the only option available to most teams in the same situation is to punt the football.  Fortunately for FVSU, the presence of Rosenbaum on the roster makes the Wildcats different from most teams.

Even from the 47-yard line, Rosenbaum gives the Wildcats the enviable option of kicking a field goal.  Although it would be a 57-yard effort, choosing to kick the field goal was exactly the option FVSU Head Coach Donald Pittman exercised.  “The decision to kick the field goal was not really that difficult,” says Pittman. “Given the score, the time left in the half, our knowledge about Justin’s true kicking range, and the confidence we have in our defense, I didn’t see much of a down side in trying the field goal.”

As a sophomore last season, Rosenbaum set the school’s record for the longest field goal with a 48-yarder against Kentucky State University.  The additional nine yards on Saturday’s kick proved to be no problem from the Owosso, Mich. native.  Rosenbaum’s line drive kick left the fans in CAU’s Panther Stadium mesmerized. In fact, his record-setting field goal was kicked so hard that it cleared the upright with almost another 10 yards to spare.

“As soon as I kicked it I knew it had a real chance,” said Rosenbaum.  “Because of the distance, I knew I really had to drive the ball. The guys up front did a great job sealing the line, Nick’s snap was perfect (Nick Findley is the FVSU long snapper) and Marquette was steady as usual on the hold. (Marquette King is the team’s punter and holder on kick attempts).  Naturally, I’m happy about setting a new record. I just wish it had come as a part of a win.”

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